2000 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title: Works Of Toru Takemitsu
CD Label: SLC, Inc.
CD Number: SLCS-5083
Music by: Toru Takemitsu
Number of tracks: 14
Running time: 54:40
Number of discs: 1
Year of release/manufacture: 1996

REVIEW

April 11, 2000

Toru Takemitsu did the soundtrack music to Akira Kurosawa's "RAN" movie. I really enjoyed that soundtrack (and the movie) and bought this CD hoping to hear similar music by this composer. Alas, as with the other two CD's in this "Works Of....." series that I own, I was disappointed.

What disappointed me was that this music is nothing like what I was expecting. It sounds fine and is an enjoyable CD to listen to but it's kind of bland and more like elevator background music than something that will grab your interest and compel you to listen. I sincerely doubt I'll buy any more CD's in this composer series since 3 out of 3 have now left me disappointed. Do I recommend this CD? Only if you want some pleasant background music to listen to.


Works Of Toru Takemitsu

 1.	Dodesukaden [Clickety-Clack]
	Part I
	Part II
	Part III

 2.	Moetsukita Chizu [The Map Burned to Ashes]

 3.	Jose Tress [Jose Torres]
	Part I
	Part II
	Part III

 4.	Taiheiyo Hitoribocchi [Alone on the Pacific]
	Part I
	Part II
	Part III

 5.	Kaseki [The Fossil]
	Part I
	Part II
	Part III

 6.	Nihon No Seishun [Hymn to a Tired Man]

 7.	Gishiki [The Ceremony]
	Part I
	Part II

 8.	Natsu No Imouto [Dear Summer Sister]

 9.	Akanegumo [Clouds at Sunset]

10.	Hanare Goze Orin [Banished]
	Part I
	Part II
	Part III

11.	Izu No Odoriko [The Izu Dancer]

12.	Taiyo No Kariudo [The Sun Hunter]
	Part I
	Part II
	Part III

13.	Sharaku [The Painter *1]
	The Youth Series

14.	Furyo Shonen [Bad Boys]


*1	The IMDb does not list an English title for this movie, 
	the Japanese title of which is "Sharaku". (FYI- Sharaku
	was a famous Japanese woodprint artist during the Edo period
	of Japanese history.)